Beal, Wall each score 30 as Wizards beat Magic
WASHINGTON — Bradley Beal and John Wall each scored 30 points and the Washington Wizards snapped a two-game losing streak with a 125-119 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.
Ian Mahinmi finished with a season-high 17 points in the defence-optional game. Washington shot 56.8 per cent from the field and scored a season-high 74 points in the paint.
Orlando has lost seven in a row, 16 of 17 and 27 of its last 31. That stretch included a 130-103 rout by Washington on Dec. 23.
Elfrid Payton scored 27 points and Jonathon Simmons had 23 as all five Orlando starters reached double figures. Bismack Biyombo finished 8 of 9 from the field for a career-high 21 points. The Magic hit 51.3 per cent of their attempts from the floor after a 6-for-22 fourth quarter.
The Wizards struggled offensively in recent fourth quarters but made 11-of-20 attempts against Orlando. Wall hit three jump shots during an 11-2 run that gave Washington a 121-113 lead with 3:15 remaining.
Wall injured his ankle on the final play of the first half after landing on teammate Marcin Gortat’s foot while attempting to rebound. He left the court with a slight limp, but opened the second half and scored 10 points in the third quarter, including an emphatic driving dunk.
Magic: Aaron Gordon had 14 points and Evan Fournier scored 10. . Orlando shot 70.6 per cent from the field in the first quarter. … With Orlando in the nation’s capital ahead of Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, coach Frank Vogel took the team to the slain civil rights leader’s memorial. “It’s …read more